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, cholesterol and diabetes managing all those prescriptions being confusing at times. >> this one drug, it's either blue or it's white. it changes colors. and so you don't really know. >> reporter: many of his pills are generic, which can vary in color and shape from brand names. now a new study from brigham and women's hospital shows when pills look different, patients are 50% more likely to stop taking them. >> so if you are used to taking these guys, if we give you this, you're going to be obviously confused, saying what is this white pill? mine is oblong. >> reporter: generic medications account for over 70% of prescriptions filled in the u.s. doctors say it's important that patients understand even though your drugs can look different, they're still the same. >> during consultation we tell them there's a difference in shapes and size with the same pill, it's still the same generic, everything is the same. it just looks a little different. then in addition, we put a little sticker on the bottle saying same exact information. >> reporter: patients should also talk to their doctors and p
sweetened beverages not to obesity or diabetes but to depression. >> you're making me depressed saying that. >> reporter: researchers surveyed the beverage habits of more than a quarter million american adults and in a follow- up asked whether anyone was diagnosed with depression. they found those who drank more than 4 cups or cans of regular or diet soda a day were 30% more likely to develop depression. 4 cups of fruit drinks a day, 38% more likely. but those who drank 4 cups of unsweetened coffee a day, 10% less likely to develop depression. >> the study doesn't surprise me. >> reporter: a registered dietician says the report is a good reason to cut back on sweet drinks and that if you're going to indulge, do so sparingly. >> we need to replace it with more real things such as just plain old bubbly water, you know, keeping sodas for special occasions. >> reporter: trade organization that represents the american beverage industry says the report has not been published and is irresponsible. the group contends there is no credible scientific evidence
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